The Place

I love your sanctuary, Lord,
the place where your glorious presence dwells. – Psalm 26:8

cathedral photo

I honor the stillness that echoes in these hallowed places

You’ve created in my soul

perfect measurements, fine materials

only the best for You

the silence heals and settles and beckons

May Your glorious light always shine through my windows

colored and stained

fired and redeemed

casting color and bringing life into stagnant places

dust motes dance through the warmth of these slices of your splendor

Let the padded pews and marble pathways

be always open and accessible not only to You but to your children

who share this world with me, if not this temple

when we meet here, let us find not only you

not only ourselves

but the best of each other

as we see with your eyes

Help us carry the merciful burden of this temple

into the dark

light as a feather

bright as a beacon

may we always stand in awe

that You, our God,

would choose to dwell in us

Holy Lord, reading the Old Testament scriptures with the details of your temple leaves me dumbfounded that those sacred and beautiful places were Your second choice. What You wanted all along was to live in me. Make me worthy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…

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20 Comments on “The Place

    • Thank you for being here and encouraging me, Alecia! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing that, Shelly! That is an amazing piece of writing that reminds me of Shaun Groves’ “Welcome Home.” And those are some pretty awesome pictures! Did you take those?
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    • Thank you, Colin! What a huge compliment! I love Shaun Groves’ music. Those photos aren’t mine, they are from free image sites, but they are lovely, aren’t they? Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  2. Shelly, what an utterly beautiful post ~!
    YOU have the heart of a poet,
    the soul of a warrior and
    the mind of a much loved daughter or the King.,
    encouraging others to draw near.


    • Yes, Indeed, Deb! Thank you for standing alongside me. Love you. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • What a perfectly sweet thing to say, Barbie! <3 I can't think of a better compliment! Love you. Heart Hugs, Shelly

    • Thank you SO much, Mary! May you have a blessed week! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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